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Join the Tower Run­ning craze and sign up now for the M1 Run at Me­dia One in Fe­bru­ary.

In a world which is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ur­banised it’s not sur­pris­ing that sports which can eas­ily be un­der­taken in a cityscape are fast on the rise.

Sports like park­our or freerun­ning, skully and street­ball are be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar across the world along with other sports which can be played in a rel­a­tively small space or even in­doors – basketball, Futsal, vol­ley­ball and hand­ball just to name a few.

Another fast grow­ing sport is Tower Run­ning, which in a city with the third most sky­scrapers in the world (af­ter New York and Hong Kong) is per­fect for Dubai.

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia: “Tower Run­ning is a sport which in­volves run­ning up tall man-made struc­tures. Usu­ally the races take place on the in­ter­nal stair­cases of sky­scrapers, but the term can cover any foot race which in­volves a course that as­cends a man-made struc­ture.”

Races of­ten take place at the world’s tallest, and most fa­mous, build­ings such as the Taipei 101, Me­nara Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Wil­lis Tower in Chicago, Tower 42 in Lon­don, the Em­pire State Build­ing in New York and of course Dubai’s own Burj Khal­ifa.

There are two for­mats for Tower Run­ning, ei­ther time trial with a stag­gered start or the more chaotic mass-start for­mat and races at­tract elite ath­letes from other sports of­ten with the prom­ise of lu­cra­tive prize money.

There’s even the Tower Run­ning World Cup which takes into con­sid­er­a­tion re­sults of more than 160 races on all con­ti­nents.

The latest sky­scraper to join the trend is Me­dia One in Me­dia City, which will host its sec­ond an­nual M1 Run on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 17.

The “fun and en­gag­ing ver­ti­cal run” is open to in­di­vid­u­als and teams and you’ll have a chance to share in some great prizes: AED 5,000 (to spend at Me­dia One) for the fastest team plus for in­di­vid­u­als AED 1,200 for 1st place, AED 500 for 2nd and AED 250 for 3rd.

You can also get nu­mer­ous re­wards – more than AED50,000 in prizes from Eat Clean, Lulele­mon, Guava­pass, Coca-Cola, Tribe Fit, FitBit and oth­ers, plus AED10,000 in raf­fle draw vouch­ers with room nights and brunches at Me­dia One.

The start time is a leisurely 10:00 and Race Pack Col­lec­tion is on the day of the event at cafeM on the ground floor, so there’s noth­ing to do be­fore­hand ex­cept regis­ter which you can do at www.pre­mieron­line.com.

Reg­is­tra­tions costs Dh99 and en­ti­tles you to a cer­tifi­cate, goody bag, ac­cess to live re­sults, medal, photo ser­vice, re­fresh­ments, tim­ing and raf­fle draw.

What: M1 Run Where: Me­dia One, Dubai When: Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 17 Con­tact: www.pre­mieron­line.com

Team spirit: Sign up as an in­di­vid­ual or a team for the M1 Run and urge your friends and col­leagues to the fin­ish­ing line.

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